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Communism did kill, Courtois and his fellow historians demonstrate, with ruthless efficiency: 25 million in Russia during the Bolshevik and Stalinist eras, perhaps 65 million in China under the eyes of Mao Zedong, 2 million in Cambodia, millions more Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America--an astonishingly high toll of victims. This freely expressed penchant for homicide, Courtois maintains, was no accident, but an integral trait of a philosophy, and a practical politics, that promised to erase class distinctions by erasing classes and the living humans that populated them. Courtois and his contributors document Communism's crimes in numbing detail, moving from country to country, revolution to revolution. The figures they offer will likely provoke argument, if not among cliometricians then among the ideologically inclined. So, too, will Courtois's suggestion that those who hold Lenin, Trotsky, and Ho Chi Minh in anything other than contempt are dupes, witting or not, of a murderous school of thought--one that, while in retreat around the world, still has many adherents. A thought-provoking work of history and social criticism, The Black Book of Communism fully merits the broadest possible readership and discussion. --Gregory McNamee
This book is so well written that I reread it two more times and the Introduction and Conclusion another five. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Thufir
I knew about this book back in 1999, when it first appeared in Europe. I've finally gotten around to buying a copy (I have read a number of excerps over the years) and it is more... Read morePublished 3 months ago by James J. Bjaloncik
Heavy duty, man.
I was just checking out that dude Jim Jones and his 918 murdered victims, all delusioned by his promises of a communist paradise in the jungles of... Read more
Great read, if we don't know our past, we are doomed to repeat it.Published 4 months ago by Steven Dahl
This is an excellent study of Communism. It has some minor flaws in research, but is excellent overall. I spent many years studying political science and philosophy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marvelous Mal
I purchased this book as soon as it became available in America.
Having an early Cold War childhood, as well as 8 years service in the US Marines,
I was well aware of the... Read more
Great book and extremely revealing. I can not find it in the country where I live (Brazil) because it is secretly forbidden, since we live with a communist party in power, although... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marcos Vinicius Rodrigues
Documents how murder and oppression is inherent in Communism, and not just a perversion of true Communism by people like Stalin and Mao. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bill Chelmowski